Unlike the aristocratic families that produced most career officers, Ladislaw Capka came from much humbler origins. In the rural community he grew up in firm directness was what counted not the effete charm employed by the upper classes. Social stratification was just one more obstacle for Capka to bull through on his way to a coveted spot at the military academy in Hranice. With a dangerous dictatorship next door in Germany and a long border to defend there is plenty of opportunity for advancement in the growing Czechoslovak Army. Unafraid of sharply questioning the status quo around him, Capka is recognized as having a gifted grasp of battlefield tactics and rises through the ranks swiftly. If war comes he wants to do more than hold the line against the Nazis, Capka is determined to take the fight into Germany.